Suzanne Austin

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Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success

AB 1019
1720 2nd Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35294-0110

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205-934-6290

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Dr. Suzanne Austin came to UAB in January 2011 after a national search for a newly created position designed to promote strong student and faculty engagement and learning. She leads the Office of Student Life, both university libraries and several faculty and student support units that focus on student and faculty development, retention and enrichment. Dr. Austin holds a faculty appointment as Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health. Dr. Austin came to UAB from the University of Delaware, where she served as interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development and held various other administrative positions, including associate provost for Academic Affairs and associate dean for the Social Sciences and History in the College of Arts and Sciences. A member of that university's history department since 1985, she was also a professor of history and Latin American Studies and published numerous books, translations and articles on global issues with a focus on world epidemics and disease, including Native Society and Disease in Colonial Ecuador, which has been translated into Spanish. In 2004 Austin was one of 38 faculty members in the nation selected to be an American Council on Education Fellow, and in the last three years she has served on accreditation teams for the Middle State Commission on Higher Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and as a reviewer for national screening committees of the U.S. Graduate Student Fulbright Program. She earned her doctoral degree in history from Duke University and a master's degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also holds a bachelor's degree in English and journalism from North Carolina State University.